In the moment:
- How to get to Bali and things to know before departing – here!
- Day 1, 2 & 3 at Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud – here!
This was a day of doing nothing which was rather enjoyable. We went to Febri’s spa again, got pampered had lunch, checked-into the second hotel and saw the sunset at the hotel’s beach.
Oh! and I did an amazing set of “Surya Namaskars” at the beach.
Suba Diving at Nusa Dua – “Don’t be afraid, there are no sharks here” were the first words our instructors told us and this got us shit afraid! We were so confident the night before but the moment our instructors briefed us and we had our suits on we went into silently praying for our lives. I found it difficult to breathe in the suit, however, the instructors were sweet and comforted me. We received our instruction en-route to the dive point and our training was “on-the-job”.
It took me a few minutes after jumping in the water to learn how to breathe using the mouth-piece. I must admit I was nervous but this feeling disappeared the second we were submerged in the water, descending and all I could hear were the sounds of the sea. Suddenly it was a different world I was in, serene, peaceful, beautiful and I could hear the sound of my own breath. There were so many kinds of fish. In an instant all my fear went away and I was just amazed! As we went deeper out instructors confirmed with us if we were fine and reminded us to equalize our ear pressure. We obeyed!
We came across tourists who were doing the “Sea Walk” and waved at them. This was exciting, how humans communicate under water and smile without really smiling (because if we smile our mouth pieces may dislodge :P).
After a while our instructors signaled and took us up. But could we have had enough? – no!! So the instructors took us back again and allowed us to swim freely before pulling us back on the ship. A Fish out of the water – we had actually spent 40 minutes underwater and it felt like 15. I can’t begin to describe my emotions at this point, I’ll just say that I was the happiest I had been in a long time.
Health update: Although we were completely in awe of the beauty of the ocean, my friend had a small urchin bite and I had a slight ear pressure issue after the dive. We visited the doctor to ensure that the urchin bite wasn’t poisonous. But, this didn’t stop us from pursuing scuba diving again. I have since then done 3 dives in more professional’s settings where I descended and ascended with minimal supervision.
Pro Tip #8 – We booked personal instructors, one for each, and that’s what I would suggest any beginner to do. Deep sea can be a scary place and you can need help anytime, so don’t be overconfident and just book a personal instructor. If you are scared of water, you should try going for the swimming pool training a day before the dive. Good luck for your adventure and be careful.
Nusa Dua: This is one of the white sand beaches with a complete laid-back feeling in Bali. House to many 5-star hotels, this area doesn’t see much crowd, therefore, has maintained its exclusivity. I loved this beach. While my friend, Ila sipped her coffee, I went for a dip in the ocean and lost my soul to nature. Other tourists were learning how to surf and skateboard, it was quite enjoyable to watch.
Water Blow: As the waves of the ocean hit the jagged limestone edge, you can witness the raw power of the large water waves. This is quite spectacular and The chances of getting completely drenched are extremely high but one can see it in full effect only during high tide as when the ocean is calm the waves won’t form the blow. This is walking distance from the Nusa Dua beach.
Uluwatu Temple: One of the six key holi temples, Uluwatu is located at a cliff, directly above the shore. This is one of the highest points on the island to see a sunset from. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the sunset here is phenomenal. Uluwatu temple also showcases a Balinese kecak dance performance in it’s amphitheater. Please cross-check the timings for the show you want to go to as reach there at least 30 minutes in advance as the theater gets quite full. We went for 6 PM and I quite enjoyed the show and got in-touch with Balinese mythology and beliefs.
We ended the day with our favorite activity – shopping. We went to Krishna Market as this was suggested by the locals there as the go to place for cosmetic and souvenir shopping. This market is like a big departmental store and houses such amazing cosmetics. I fell in love and must have bought at least 10 body lotions. We came back with bags full form this place:
Pro Tip #9 – An average lotion or soap will cost only as much as INR 150/- so buy as many as you want to!
Rest is history! We headed back to our hotel, saw a snake outside our loft, ate more food, saw more rain, took a 10-hour flight back to India the next day and got more excited to tick Bali on “Must Visit again” list.
Pro Tips #10 and more:
- Uber works (50% of the times) so try that instead of bargaining with local cab driver and if you have to take one, pay not more than 50,000 IDR for a nearby ride.
- Try Bintang, local made and favourite of many tourists
- Visit a music school, Balinese music is next to mesmerizing
- Carry an umbrella, sunscreen and go all out on shopping as you will never run out of money in this place
- Be careful, yet share more smile
This was a sample itenary for a 5-6 day trip to Bali. If you are on a 10 day trip I recommend the following:
- Spend 2/3 days in Kuta & Seminyak. Take a home stay for 1/2 days in Ubud and see around (take one morning to hike Mt. Batur at sunrise, followed by the hot springs)
- Take a day trip to Uluwatu and Nusa Dua learn how to surf or go diving!
- Hire a two-wheeler and ride around the east and north coast. Check out the dolphins in Lovina on one of the days!
- Get a boat over to the Nusa archipelago and go scuba diving with Manta Rays
- Spend your last 1/2 days on and Gili Islands and kick back and relax in paradise.
Have you been to Bali?
What did you do? Where did you visit? I’d love to know!